Two long-time faculty members delivered words of advice to the 2019 graduating class when McPherson College conferred degrees on 151 students in its 131st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2019. The graduating class included 7 students receiving masters of education degrees.

In his introduction, President Michael Schneider said, few people embody the mission and values of McPherson College like Dan Hoffman, associate professor of health and physical education. Hoffman has served the college as a campus leader, teacher, coach and friend for nearly four decades, President Schneider said.

Professor Hoffman, who retired at the end of the semester after 37 years, shared some of his favorite life philosophies with the graduates.

“Make time for play in your life,” he said. “When you drive by a city park, stop and spend some time on the swings. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. Never discount the benefits of play.”

In the Homily, Dave O’Dell, professor of accounting, congratulated the graduates for climbing mountains that seemed too high, and reminded them that life is about making memories. “And, don’t forget to call your parents,” he said. “They love you and want to hear from you.”

Keisha England, senior class representative, also addressed the class. She reminded the students of all that was offered to them during their four years at McPherson College and hoped they took full advantage.

“There may be some regrets, but I encourage you to remember them in this next stage in life. Use it to push you to take advantage of all the fun that you can, so you can leave knowing you have experienced everything that you wanted to.”

Names of the graduating class of 2019, the Commencement video, and photos of the day can be found at: www.mcpherson.edu/graduation.